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Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey defeats Yale 4-0

Credit: Scott Kinville

The #3 Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team welcomed ECAC rival the #7 Yale Bulldogs to the Class of 1965 Arena on Saturday afternoon. It was the first of two 2023-24 regular season meetings between the teams, as they will face each other again on February 16th at Yale.

The Raiders are playing about as good as a team can play right now. They entered Saturday’s contest riding a seven-game winning streak that includes wins over ranked teams Ohio State and Penn State. On Friday night, they defeated Brown behind a two-point performance from Danielle Serdachny and a seventeen-save performance by goaltender Kayle Osborne.

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Yale came to the Class of 1965 Arena coming off a 6-1 defeat down the road at the hands of the tenth-ranked Cornell Big Red. The Bulldogs had a record of 3-2 going to their game against Colgate with all five games being within the ECAC.

Colgate’s Neena Brick (#17) sets up on the edge of the Yale crease during Saturday’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The first period featured a lot of wide-open play from two of the top offenses in Division I (Colgate is number four, while Yale has the seventh-best offense based on goals per game). They combined for twenty-three shots on goal (Colgate had fifteen, Yale eight) but only one goal was scored. Raiders captain Danielle Serdachny ripped a shot off of the crossbar but put her own rebound in at the 6:08 mark. The goal marked Serdachny’s second straight game with a marker and third consecutive game with a point.

Colgate’s Sydney Morrow leads the charge through the neutral zone during Saturday’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The second period saw the Raiders take another thirteen shots on goal, with Yale goaltender Pia Dukaric doing her best to keep her team in the game. She would yield two goals but only one counted – all on the same power play. Ellie Reiter of the Bulldogs took a two-minute hooking penalty and the Raider power play went to work. With four minutes left in the period, Serdachny beat Dukaric with a shot from the right circle, but it was waived off for goaltender interference. Undaunted, Colgate struck again with one second remaining in the advantage as Kaia Malachino got a shot past Dukaric from just about the same spot.

A Raiders shot sails by Yale goaltender Pia Dukaric during Saturday’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The relentless pressure by the Colgate Raiders proved to be too much for the visitors in the third period. Fourteen more Colgate shots produced two more goals. With 4:07 remaining Kalty Kaltounková took a shot from the right circle that eluded Dukaric and wound up in the back of the net. With 17.9 seconds remaining, Serdachny set up Elyssa Biederman for a one-timer from the slot that she blasted into the Yale net to complete the scoring for the game. Colgate goaltender Kayle Osborne made twenty-three saves for the win and her third shutout of the season.

Colgate hits the road next weekend for games at Dartmouth and Harvard. For more information about Colgate Raiders hockey, visit https://colgateathletics.com.

Colgate’s Neena Brick (#17) and Yale’s Elle Hartje get set for a faceoff during Saturday’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

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